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UPDATE

So today confirmed our fears.
Gutted doesn't come close.... we can't help but blame ourselves.... should we have thrown a tennis ball? should we have allowed him to loon around in our tiny garden? could we have done more when he was a pup?

He has bi-lateral Hip Dysplasia - worse on left than right.
Small crumb of hope and good news being x-rays showed elbows not having any issues at present.

Our vet was brilliant and she's given me hope and optimism that Coops can have a good old life and she's not in favour of surgery. If we have anything to do with it he will enjoy every moment. For now I'm just devastated and need a bit of reflection before tackling this head on.

Doing our best for you Cooper-man X
 

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You cant blame yourself, you were not to know.

But with a little thought, dogs can manage with horrendous hips. The secret is to keep the exercise. Exercise keeps the muscles and with the muscles he can control his hip joints.
 

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My ears have been burning! Now I know why!

So sorry to hear that Cooper has HD, you've done so well with Judy, the world knew that Cooper would be best with you as well.

Luna had a bad right hip as well. All handled with pain relief, hydro, physio and swimming. Specialist said said when she was 3 that she'd probably need a hip replacement before she was 7, she never needed that thanks to good care.

Tucker is now 10 and a half and I think could need specialist help this year... physio feels right hip suffers as a result of left elbow he had surgery on back in 2018 at the moment. He sees her every 2 weeks, she helps him so much. Thinking it could be time to up pain relief or consider magic Arthramid.

Love to Judy, Cooper and the rest of the DJGoodys... you've got the skills to keep your Cooper happy xx
 
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